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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by dijos, Oct 18, 2012.
Woah Tele-Mann! What brand is that? Can you tell us about the pickups too?
What ya gonna do when the body's all scratched?
I gave it some thought but rather replace the pickguard!
This is my second homemade "Telebacker", inspired by Tele and Rickenbacker.
It's made from local Norwegian birch and Honduran mahogany. I had planned it as a version of the Rickenbacker 660/12 which has the classic low gain "toaster" pickups. But these are rather hard to come by, mostly overpriced used ones on ebay, so I went for a set of Lollar "Broilers" which are Lollar's version of the toaster. Not 100% same sound, but pretty close.
The first guitar I built was also a Telebacker without a pickguard. For that one I bought an original toaster, and it sounds great. Nothing like the real thing! [emoji4]
Cool! I think recessed pickups look so neat.
I love the art on this.
Thanks You have to be very precise with the router when making the cavity, because there is no pickguard or pickup ring to hide any mistakes or tearout!
I had to make a cavity because "toasters" (and "broilers" which size wise are exact copies) are traditionally screwed directly onto the top of Rickenbackers, with the strings passing over them from a neck/fretboard that sticks further up above the top of the guitar than it does on a Telecaster. As you can see in this picture.
Yep. I've got some cheap toasters on the way and today I began building my first tele neck. I'll be copying you for sure.
How did your "Telebacker" turn out?
Teles without a pickguard look indecent to my eyes. They need a fig leaf to cover their shame.
The exception would be paisley teles with clear pickguards.
Avert your eyes, SOM!
I was gonna add a pickguard but why cover up any of that beautiful ash.